Now & Ragdale Revisited, part 1

I’m increasingly frustrated with the bad foot, to the point of seeing an actual MD (this Thursday), not my preferred way to roll.  Bleah. But our family holiday was lovely, laid-back and contained lots of laughter, and I’ve been having further pleasantness in the studio recycling some old jeans.  Cotton denim is perhaps the most congenial pulp in the universe to work with, but I can only make very small batches of sheets before the foot shuts me down. Today I am prepping to tackle a more challenging commissioned series scheduled to be delivered soon, and have figured out a way to work on them off my feet (for the most part) just in case.

Backtracking to Ragdale in the Time of Functional Feet: well, it took all of the first two-week session, including tearing down the entire thing once, to finally finish this piece.  I began it last year and then put it on the back burner till the next time I had a large studio to work in, which turned out to be where it was begun as 176 sheets made with 44 custom deckles.  Though it’s only 7 feet wide, the dyeing process in particular exploded to utilize the entire space. The pattern is a very specific one, and, indeed, the entire project had to be tackled with a highly systematic approach (again, not my preferred way to roll), which contributed to the fact that it was fraught with obstacles. There is still a tiny amount of tweaking to be done to its mounting boards, but at last, I’m happy with it, and judge all that effort to have been worth it in the end.

Each piece numbered to correspond to the pattern.

First dye batch…90 some sheets, keeping each one numbered.

Second dye batch added.

Pattern reconstituted, and assembled (twice).

Working title: It’s Academic, followed by this: